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PHILADELPHIA – In one of the most complete performances of the season, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team put together a 3-0 win over La Salle on Friday night at The Palestra. The Quakers have now won four of their last five matches, and stand at 4-5 on the season.
Inside the Numbers
As was the case last weekend, it was the duo of Caroline Furrer and Courtney Quinn who led the way for Penn. Furrer, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, racked up a team-high 12 kills to go along with seven digs. Not to be outdone, Quinn recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 12 digs.
Hayley Molnar was the most efficient Quaker, hitting a
red-hot .471 with nine kills. Sydney Morton quarterbacked the offense, posting
34 assists, along with seven digs. Junior Michelle Pereira led the way in the
digs department with a team-high 15. As a team, the Quakers hit .252, including .303
in the third set.
How it Happened
It was the Furrer show in the first set, as she racked up seven of her 12 kills in the opening game. Tied at 10-10, the Quakers used an 8-2 run to seize some separation. Furrer provided separate leads of 14-11, 17-12 and 20-15. Molnar came alive late in the set, hammering put-aways at 23-18 and then on set point at 25-21.
It was more of the same for the Red and Blue in the second set, as they jumped out to a 12-6 lead. Back-to-back kills from Quinn and Furrer, followed by consecutive La Salle errors, provided the six-point edge. Penn continued a four-to-five point lead for much of the set. Junior Kendall Covington recorded a kill at 17-13, while sophomore Taylor Cooper initiated a 21-16 advantage. A Molnar kill notched set point for the Quakers at 24-19, and Quinn closed the door at 25-21.
Penn’s most dominant effort came in the third, posting a match-best .303 hitting percentage in the final set. Quinn and Molnar combined for nine of the Quakers’ 15 kills in the frame, while Morton dished out 12 assists. Down six early on (10-4), La Salle cut the lead to to just two at 14-12. Penn crawled away from there, as Covington, Furrer and Quinn all recorded kills en route to a 22-17 edge. Pereira initiated a rare put-away at 24-19 and Molnar completed the match at 25-19.
The Quakers continue the Big 5 Tournament tomorrow with a pair of matches at La Salle’s Tom Gola Arena. Penn will play Villanova at 1:30 p.m. and Temple at 5 p.m.